ANC Mpumalanga faction claims leadership election is rigged

Protesters marched to January "Che" Masilela House on Friday.

MBOMBELA – The provincial ANC is heading for a crisis over the forthcoming leadership election. The province will elect its new leaders in September, ahead of the ANC national elective conference in 2017.

The Save Mpumalanga Campaign says the process is rigged.

Members of the faction marched to the party’s head office, January “Che” Masilela House, on Friday in a final attempt to have their grievances against the provincial executive committee (PEC) heard. However, their memorandum of demands was not received.

Mr Senzeni Ngubeni said the whole process is being controlled by provincial chairman Mr David Mabuza.

“They are imposing the leadership,” he said.

Those out of favour with the PEC are being purged. One of these is Mr Peter Nyoni, former PEC member who was suspended last week for helping to organise the march. The Save Mpumalanga Campaign was launched in March to combat the PEC leadership’s “systematic attack on the ANC’s culture and politics”.

Ngubeni claimed that in eMalahleni fees are paid and blank joining forms stamped before any man off the street is signed up as a member.

He said these inflated numbers were used by branches to determine voting delegates for the provincial governance congress (PGC), while the party’s audit was ignored, in March.

Branches resolved at the PGC that the chairperson will serve a third term.

“But this was never discussed at branches. The way the third term was decided is foreign to the ANC. He can be elected, but it must start at the branches.

“In terms of members, there are people we have never seen who were delegates at the conference,” Ngubeni said.

He adds that every level of the organisation has been approached with the written disputes. Fifty branches wrote letters objecting to the process.

Save ANC Mpumalanga march

“We want the constitution and culture of the ANC to be restored,” said Ngubeni.

Now that the PEC has rejected them, they will take the matter up with secretary general, Mr Gwede Mantashe, at Luthuli House.

But they won’t leave the organisation.

“Next year we will campaign for the ANC. We will not join any other political party. This is my home,” Ngubeni concluded.


Spokesman for the ANC, Mr Sibusiso Themba, said they wouldn’t comment and didn’t recognise the march.


ANC-members embark on a long march, but are ignored by Mpumalanga’s leaders, July 31 2015, 13:55

MBOMBELA – They refuse to leave the ANC, it is their home, but the party in Mpumalanga is heading for a crisis. They will remain silent no longer.

This was the message to the ANC’s provincial executive as delivered by The Save Mpumalanga Campaign drivers, Mr Sipho Monareng and Mr Senzeni Ngubeni, this morning.

Hundreds of people joined the march from Nelspruit Rugby Club, through the CBD to the Mashilela House in Nel Street. Despite the suspension of PEC member Mr Peter Nyoni earlier this week for his role in planning the march, the unhappy members still marched.

They claim the provincial leadership election, to take place in September, is rigged.

And this time they have exhausted all avenues to have their grievances addressed. When nobody would accept their memorandum, Ngubeni said they would give it the secretary general, Mr Gwede Mantashe, at Luthuli House.

Spokesman for the party, Mr Sibusiso Themba, said they wouldn’t comment today, and didn’t recognise the march.


Mireille de Villiers

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